Maintaining Connections and Building Support During Difficult Times
Grief over a death loss can be an incredibly challenging and painful experience. Unfortunately, it is a universal human experience, and death loss affects us all at some point in our lives. The feelings of grief can be long and difficult. Grief can leave us feeling disconnected from the world, our loved ones, and ourselves. It can leave us feeling lost, searching for meaning, and unsure of the future.
During grief, it can be easy to isolate ourselves from others, shutting down and pushing away those who care about us. However, research shows that nurturing meaningful relationships is the key to happiness and can help us through difficult times and to what bereavement care professionals often refer to as healthy post-bereavement growth.
A recent study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that having a strong social support network is crucial for happiness and well-being. The study surveyed over 1,000 adults and found that those who had close relationships with family and friends reported higher levels of life satisfaction, emotional well-being, and overall happiness. This study highlights the importance of maintaining connections with the people you care for and love, even during times of grief.
One documentary that warms our hearts and we like to recommend is “Happy.” We find it offers a unique perspective on the importance of relationships in our lives. The film explores the science behind happiness and shows how meaningful and essential relationships are for our well-being. It highlights the importance of building connections with others and how these relationships can provide us with support and happiness, especially during difficult times. So, building a support system during these times is essential.
But how do we create and maintain those connections when we are struggling with grief?
One way is to lean into our friends and family for support. Although it can be difficult to ask for support, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and accepting their help can strengthen our relationships and help us through the grieving process.
Another way to maintain connections is to find shared experiences that bring us closer together. For example, watching a movie, going for a walk, or cooking a meal with family and friends can provide a sense of comfort and help us feel connected to those around us. Doing so can be especially helpful when words are difficult to find.
Whether it’s with your family, friends, or other people you can connect with online, relationships may provide you with the support and comfort you’ll need to heal.
The HealGrief® community understands the aftermath of death loss all too well. We are thousands of individuals who come together, support each other, and heal together. So, if you want to connect, feel heard, and be understood, don’t wait. A supportive community is only a click away. We invite you to register and connect with others who get it on the AMF App.